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Sex has nothing to do with love

This is a very easy essay to write. There is no relationship between love and sex.  Zilch.There will be those of you who cry out, ‘haven’t you heard of Eros?’Eros has to do with an all-consuming appetite to sexually possess another. It has to do with beauty, longing, hunger. It’s visceral, powerful.  Eros has to do with self and what the self passionately needs.But it has nothing to do with another real human being, with a real interior life.  In fact, interior lives actually interfere with Eros. Imagine what a passion-killer it would be to confess to one’s partner during a romantic Valentine’s supper how miserable you were at work, how you had lost your faith in God and were finding life meaningless, if you feared death or were desperately grieving your grandmother.  Eros would be severely dented.My mother taught me about Eros.  Eros is about play, repartee, flirting, teasing, dancing, mystery, one step forward, one step back.  One does it in the same vein as a good game of tig.  [More]

Democrats & Billionaires

For the left, the Koch brothers were the big billionaire bugbears. For the right, George Soros is the main money monster. While they have received most of the attention, there are other billionaires in politics. Somewhat ironically, the Democratic race included multiple billionaires…at least for a while. Their failures provide a context in which to [More]

How fake things can still help us learn

We often appreciate things that have a certain weathered look about them. From clothes to home furnishings, people find aesthetic value in the distressed, the tarnished, the antique. Yet underlying this interest in the appealing look of age is an expectation that vintage things be of their vintage. Knockoffs, fakes, and otherwise inauthentic things are quick to undermine […] The post How fake things can still help us learn appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesThe remarkable life of philosopher Frank RamseyHow women can support each other to strive for gender equalityGrammar in [More]

Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language,

2020.03.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Carolyn Culbertson, Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019, 140pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781786608055. Reviewed by Beata Stawarska, University of Oregon In Carolyn Culbertson's book, language is understood as basic to the constitution of the world in which humans dwell, rather than as an external tool for referring and communicating. She draws attention to the dual character of language -- it is a source of delight that fulfills our nature, but it can simultaneously be a source of linguistic alienation -- an inability to give expression to experience, or a feeling that the expression culminated in a failure. Even though linguistic alienation is arguably pervasive, it has not received a sustained treatment in classical philosophy of language. It follows that philosophers like Jacques Derrida or Julia Kristeva, who grappled with various aspects of linguistic alienation as well as with the evolving character of linguistic... Read [More]

Cross and Cosmos: A Theology of Difficult Glory

2020.03.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John D. Caputo, Cross and Cosmos: A Theology of Difficult Glory, Indiana University Press, 2019, 287pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780253043122. Reviewed by Douglas Groothuis, Denver Seminary John D. Caputo tells us he is "coming out" as a theologian by writing this book. In this, he joins postmodern theologians such as Mark C. Taylor and Carl Raschke, the latter of whom endorses the book on its back cover. Ostensibly, the book is about Christ's crucifixion and its distinctive and radical bearing on reality and human existence. Caputo's point of departure is taken from the Apostle Paul's concept of the cross as weakness and foolishness, which is taken from Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church. Caputo likewise draws on Martin Luther's "theology of the cross," which is opposed to a "theology of glory," which claims too much knowledge about God and his ways -- more than mere mortals can uncover.... Read [More]